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The New Carnival Company will be lighting up Ryde on Thursday 17th December from 17:00 with a brand new outdoor event called Merry and Bright.

The Town Centre promises to be full of seasonal magic and entertainment for all the family, which, combined with a special late-night shopping experience, is bound to blow some of those COVID cobwebs away!

One of the main attractions will be a Giant Lanterns Trail – a self-guided walk around the town to discover some fantastic creations made by local schools and community groups. There will be a wildlife-themed display at Vernon Square and a special Dark Sky lanterns learning zone at St Thomas’ churchyard. Other lanterns will be placed at various sites along High Street, Cross Street, Upper George Street and down Union Street.

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Street dancers, carol singers, storytellers and buskers will appear in pop-up locations, all adding to the uplifting festival atmosphere.

The event will be opened by the Mayor of Ryde, Councillor Michael Lilley, at a ceremony to take place at 17:00 beneath the Christmas tree at St Thomas Square.

Merry and Bright is free to attend and open to all, however, the rule of 6 and social distancing rules will apply.

Frankie Goldspink, Creative Director at the New Carnival Company said:

“We are delighted to be pulling together such a fabulous event with so many partners. This is just the tonic the town needs, everyone is excited to be bringing some festive cheer and celebratory arts to the streets again”.

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